Israeli Championship of Online Poker 2020

After a successful appearance at the 2019 Asian Nations Cup where Team Israel finished in 5th place and was 1 point behind Taiwan who finished 4th and qualified for the Nations Cup Finals, preparation for the upcoming Nations Cup 2021 are underway!

Israeli Poker Players Federation (IFMP Israel) has almost fully assembled its new Israeli Poker Team. Most of the Israeli Team members were chosen based on their results at the Israeli Online Poker League which ran for 52 tourneys during 2020.

The last members will be chosen based on ICOOP 2020 – Israeli Championship of Online Poker.

The first ever national online poker championship is being played in a virtual manner while Israel deals with Covid-19 like the rest of the world. Participation is available only for National Federation members who hold a 2020 Poker Player Card.

The entry fee is 250 NIS (~75$) and the prizes vary from packages to Israeli Poker Championship (IPC) played live in Bulgaria, the animated digital course “Pre-Flop Poker Secrets” by the Israeli Poker Academy, and poker equipment by “Lion Card”.

The championship has 4 semi-final stages in a satellite structure where 10% of the players in each semi-final qualify to the Final Stage. Each semi-final is played with 10,000 chips stack and 10 minutes blind levels.

So far at the first 3 semi-finals there was a total of 191 players and it is expected that a total of ~250 entries will be recorded.

The Final Stage will be held on Saturday 12th December and will be played with a 10,000 chip stack and 15 minutes blind levels.

We wish all the best for the Israeli poker sportsmen & women, and cross fingers for a historic qualification to the Match Poker Nations Cup Finals in 2021! – by Stas Tishkevich, Chairman of IFMP Israel.

Lithuania vs Armenia

The Lithuanian national team faced the Armenian national team in two day clash in Lithuania to see who would win at Match Poker.

The Armenian team comprised of: Hakob Vardanyan (president), Sargis Antonyan, Armen Petrosyan, Suren Hunanyan, Manana Melkonyan. The Lithuanian team comprised of: Vytautas Milbutas (captain), Andrius Bielskis, Paulius Venčkauskas, Rasa Šalčiuvienė, Vaidas Bielskis, Andrej Afonin. The Lithuanian team was created from national federation’s best players (Vaidas Bielskis, Rasa Šalčiuvienė, Andrej Afonin) and well known professionals such as Vytautas Milbutas, Andrius Bielskis and Paulius Venčkauskas.

Match poker was played by both for 50 hands after the completed SNG tournaments. The organizers did not have access of IFP’s bespoke Match Poker technology and had to physically deal and replicate all the 50 hands randomly, using 50 card decks for those 50 deals. Teams we seated in the following order: table 1 – three Armenians and two Lithuanians, table 2 – vice versa. Blinds were 50-100, and every player could use 100 BB for each hand. After the first session (e.g. 25 deals) Lithuanians were leading by 40BB (4000 in chips). However, after the break the Armenian team began to use very aggressive team tactics, which were very successful at SNG tournament – team format was not so favorable for this and at the end, after the calculation of the results, it became clear, that Lithuania won by 400 BB, most of which was added by Andrius Bielskis, the winner of 7th Sunday Million at Poker Stars. He increased its original chip stack by 280 BB.

After the events ended, teams agreed that such an event is very useful for the players and for the popularity and development of poker itself.

Estonian Tournament Poker Federation’s Annual Award Ceremony

The Estonian Tournament Poker Federation (ETPF) hosted their annual award ceremony on 24th January 2015 honouring the best Estonian poker players of 2014.

Awards were given out in 7 categories:

The man of the evening was Madis Müür, whose best achievement last year was fourth place in PokerStars Caribbean Aadventure main event in Bahamas, which rocketed him to the top grossing Estonian live poker player of all time.

Madis won awards in the following categories – Best Live-Player, the Poker Persona of the Year, People’s Choice and the Poker Event of the Year.

Best female was Mirjam Jalak, who got second place in Marrakesh Poker Open deep-stack tournament in Morocco.

Best online player was Rudi Reinkort, who among other achievents got second place in PokerStars Sunday Million tournament.

Best new player was Ranno Sootla.

 

Photos of the event are available at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eesti-Turniiripokkeri-F%C3%B6deratsioon/238649189558532?sk=photos_stream

Belgium Joins the IFP Family!

We are extremely pleased to welcome Belgium to the IFP Family as our 52nd member nation!

Federation Belge de Poker is a non-profit organisation and was established in 2014.

The federation’s mission and purpose is:

– To promote and defend the game of poker in all its variants.

– Develop tools for all players to play poker on their means.

– Ensure the safety of players in addiction by developing, using and maintaining tools.

– Be the reference and the intermediary in poker between the authorities, players, poker event organizers and media.

– Ensure compliance with regulations and legislation specific to poker.

– To promote poker as a cerebral sport.

– Promoting the quality and the transmission of data between its members and other parties, among other supporting administratively and legally the event organizers,

– Study, encourage and achieve everything that can contribute to the legal development of the activities of the organizers of poker-related activities.

We would like to officially welcome the Belgian Poker Federation to the IFP Family and we are excited to grow this great mind sport even more in Belgium!

More info here – https://matchpokerfed.org/member-nation/belgium/

The Belarus Poker Tour

The second stage of the Belarus Poker Tour – the first and only poker series in the country – is now a thing of the past. Organized by the Belarus Sport Poker Federation (IFP member from 2009) the event is becoming one of the hottest poker tournaments for the former USSR countries. It has grown by 30% from the first stage which was held a few months ago and now has a rather wide reach including players from Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Israel, Moldova etc. Due to close relations with Pokerstars.net the Belarus Poker Tour tournament team hopes to make the series better and better until they can get the flagship status in the region. The next steps are not just holding the next stage but also organizing full live video streaming, online satellites for the wide net of the neighbour states, reaching a new record by increasing the players quantity up to the next 30%.

Here are some numbers, facts and link about the 2nd stage of the Belarus Poker Tour:

  1. More than 1500 entries for 8 events and a few live satellites.
  2. Total prize pool is about 2 300 000 000 BYR J (150 000 USD)
  3. Video coverage for Main and Highrollers event’s final tables
  4. The sportiest poker series in the region being held outside the casinos and consisting only from freeze-outs with no re-buys, re-entries etc.
  5. The organizer’s official website: pokerfederation.by (only Russian language yet)
  6. The links to video content of the series:http://youtu.be/dmPAfMLQSWMhttp://www.pokerfederation.by/node/582

    http://www.pokerfederation.by/node/580 (in Russian)